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Register now for XRDC 2019, the premier AR/VR/MR event for devs!  
by Staff [05.15.19]
Registration is now open for XRDC, the prime event for developers, investors, and other innovators in the vibrant AR/VR/MR industries!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Key franchises boost video game sales at Bandai Namco  
by Chris Kerr [05.15.19]
The worldwide launch of major new titles like Soulcalibur VI, Ace Combat 7, and Jump Force helped boost sales at Bandai.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Chat with the developers of A Plague Tale: Innocence at 12PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [05.15.19]
The developers of A Plague Tale: Innocence are taking your questions starting at 12PM EST on the GDC Twitch channel.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Nintendo Switch lifetime sales outstripping the PS4 in Japan  
by Chris Kerr [05.15.19]
The Nintendo Switch has outsold the PlayStation 4 in Japan, despite having being on shelves for three years less.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

'Record high' investments see profits fall at Paradox  
by Chris Kerr [05.15.19]
Revenues and profits are down at Paradox Interactive for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, but that's largely because of the company's ongoing investment efforts.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Animating the spy fantasy in Splinter Cell: Blacklist  
by Staff [05.14.19]
Splinter Cell: Blacklist dev Kristjan Zadziuk offers an inside look at the game's animation pillars, the technical challenges faced by the animation team, and how they overcame them.
Console/PC, Art, Design

Nier: Automata has shipped over 4 million copies  
by Alissa McAloon [05.14.19]
Platinum Games’ Nier: Automata has officially surpassed 4 million in shipments and digital downloads.
Console/PC

Video: The making of Larian Studios' Divinity: Original Sin 2  
by Staff [05.14.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Larian Studios' Swen Vincke takes a look at all the strategies employed to make Divinity: Original Sin 2 a better game than Divinity: Original Sin, and how they worked out.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Square Enix-founded RPG dev Studio Istolia closes down  
by Alissa McAloon [05.14.19]
Studio Istolia has been closed down following the cancelation of Project Prelude Rune.
Console/PC

Valve breaks down different tools for marketing games on Steam 2
by Alissa McAloon [05.14.19]
Valve has updated its Steamworks developer portal to include some handy tips for developers on how to get the most out of their marketing efforts Steam.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

GTA V is nearing 110 million sales worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [05.14.19]
Grand Theft Auto V has sold in close to 110 million units worldwide since launching in September 2013.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

When grinding is fun: Forager's compelling approach to 'idle game' design  
by Jupiter Hadley, Kris Graft [05.14.19]
Mariano "Hopfrog" Cavallero's hit Steam game Forager mashes adventure and crafting elements with the relaxing appeal of idle games. Here's how he made Forager an "idle game that you want to actively keep playing."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Take-Two sees record net bookings thanks to flagship franchises  
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.19]
Take-Two Interactive has closed out its 2018-2019 fiscal year with record net bookings, more than half of which came from digital goods.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Monster Hunter: World's director breathed new life into the game 1
by Staff [05.13.19]
"The most appealing aspect of...new hardware was its memory & processing power," says game director Yuyu Tokuda. "Without this, the rich, living ecosystem we envisioned...would not have been possible."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Video: Insomniac's technical postmortem of Marvel's Spider-Man  
by Staff [05.13.19]
At GDC 2019 Insomniac's Elan Ruskin discusses the challenges of adapting rendering, streaming & lighting to build a New York City that fits on a Blu-Ray for the studio's hit game Marvel's Spider-Man
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Crowdfunded Outer Wilds joins growing list of Epic Games Store exclusives  
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.19]
The developers behind the upcoming game Outer Wilds have revealed that the PC version of the game will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store at launch.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

PSA: One week left to submit your talks for XRDC 2019  
by Staff [05.13.19]
XRDC happens October 14-15 at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion in San Francisco, so make sure to submit your pitches for talks: the deadline for proposals is next Monday, May 20th at 11:59 PM Pacific!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

New releases driving sales at Square Enix, but launch costs cause profits to dip  
by Chris Kerr [05.13.19]
New releases including Kingdom Hearts III, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Just Cause 4 are driving sales at Square Enix, which just released its financials for the full-year ended March 31, 2019. 
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The 12 principles of animation in video games  
by Jonathan Cooper [05.13.19]
In this chapter of his book "Game Anim: Video Game Animation Explained" Jonathan Cooper lays out the 12 principles of animation and how they're applied in games like Cuphead or Shadow of the Colossus.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production

Rage 2 aims to encourage streaming through interactive Twitch extensions  
by Alissa McAloon [05.10.19]
Rage 2 is launching alongside a Twitch extension that lets viewers revive downed streamers and see their own names show up in-game.
Console/PC, Social/Online